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End of Season reviews (7): Sunderland’s Season, Sixer’s style

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John McCormick writes: For some reason the newsfeeds that pick up Salut! posts didn’t pick up the original of this one. There may be technical solutions involving spiders, RSS feeds and index urls but we’re taking a shortcut by reposting this article under another title. This will help ensure that Pete’s prose gets the readership […]

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‘And then the draws began’. Not Liverpool and Spurs but the final Sunderland end-of-season review

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Pete Sixsmith’s peerless analysis of only Sunderland’s second season in the third tier is deliberately timed to coincide with the moment Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur kick off in the Champions’ League final in Madrid (OK a bit early to make sure). Just felt right … Colin Randall, aka Monsieur Salut, writes: week after week, men […]

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End of season reviews (6): ‘Sunderland ’til I dry’ and other magical moments

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    For Wrinkly Pete, otherwise known as Peter Lynn, in this penultimate instalment of Salut! Sunderland‘s annual series of end-of-season reviews, promotion would have been premature, exposing Sunderland to a challenging time in the Championship. He may be right, though most of us probably wanted to go up all the same. But Pete refuses […]

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Sunderland end of season review (5): a final whimper but ´I’d have settled for this in August’

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Rob Hutchison sees Sunderland away games a lot, a fact of life for many exiled down south. This is how he rated the season, ending lamely but exceeding his expectations after successive relegations. Check out best away days of the season as nominated by Rob’s son Louis and daughter Olivia at this link … Four […]

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End of season review (4): mock not, Sunderland’s proper exam lies ahead

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In our latest end-of-season review, Paul Summerside pinpoints negatives but dwells on the progress made in a disappointing season just ended – positives that he feels should stand Sunderland in good stead for next season provided we learn how to manage our strengths and weaknesses ….. In the build up to Sunday’s playoff final vs […]

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End of Season Reviews (3): where Sunderland went wrong.

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Do we need to keep a sense of perspective? A year ago we were down and out. Now we’re just down, after failing at the final hurdle. But that was with a hastily assembled squad and a relatively inexperienced manager.  We know there will be changes over the summer and we know when the fixtures […]

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End of Season reviews (2): Ken Gambles reports from the third world

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John McCormick writes: It’s over. It’s done. All that is left are the broken dreams, blowing in the wind like old chip wrappers on Wembley Way. And the inquests, recriminations, praisings, optimism, the hope we can’t stand.  We’ll have a few of these in our end of season reviews, which began with Deputy Editor Malcolm […]

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Salut Sunderland’s End of Season Reviews: (1) seeing the bright side of life

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Above, our illustrator Jake manages to adapt the late Jackson C Frank’s brilliant Blues Run the Game and create a song for Sunderland at Wembley. Bravo. And now Salut! Sunderland kicks off its annual series of end-of-season reviews even before the season’s quite over. Our deputy editor Malcolm Dawson wants to make the point that […]

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Season End Reviews: (9) the Lars Word on turning points, Big Sam and the way forward

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There are reports our would-be owner is in a meeting with the EFL today, and that our change of ownership will be confirmed shortly (in respect of which here’s the latest club statement). Until it is we won’t know what will happen, although we all know what we want – in a word, success. No doubt […]

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Season End Reviews: (8) from the shambles of 2018 to 1988-style Sunderland fun

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One of the perils of responding promptly to Salut! Sunderland‘s annual appela for end-of-season reviews is that Monsieur Salut may succumb to pressures of other demands on this time and forget ever receiving it. Another is that ensuing events may render the most incisive thoughts out-of-date/ Ken Gambles fell into the first trap. As for […]

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Ross In. A dignified but incisive valedictory: ‘I leave with head held high’

Jake: 'why not, with so many players with SAFC connections in Russia?'

A lot of Salut! Sunderland readers go nowhere near Twitter and as one who spends far too much time there, […]

Sunderland’s lengthening list of promotion rivals: Ipswich, plus Rotherham, Peterborough, Portsmouth and Doncaster (or Wycombe, Fleetwood, Blackpool and Coventry)

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Another weekend without football, another weekend providing space to keep our readers – and pundits – up to date with […]

Sixer’s Grimsby Town Soapbox: never too early to start up the buses for Wembley

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Malcolm Dawson writes….I was busy last night with what laughingly passes for the only work I do since retirement. Laughingly, […]

Sixer’s Sevens: blushes avoided as Watmore, McNulty and Grigg edge SAFC past Grimsby Town

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Was it inevitable that despite sacking Jack Ross, Sunderland still contrived to go behind to opposition they should be walloping? […]

Another One Bites The Dust, leaving many Sunderland fans at the crossroads

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Pete Sixsmith was not greatly surprised by news of Jack Ross’s sacking, especially after the woeful display at Lincoln City. […]

Pete the Prophet: Ross gone just before tonight’s big game

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Malcolm Dawson writes…. I am currently on one of my regular commitments at an hotel in Lancashire, organising and directing […]

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